Whilst traditionally I have tended to end the year by reflecting on both the highlights and the lowlights of the past 12 months, I am regretfully of the view that this year, in the Northern Cape, the negatives have by far outshone the positives. Hon. Speaker, the truth hurts, but ignoring reality destroys. My words today may thus be harsh but if I were to soften the blow, I would not be doing this House any favours, and I would most definitely not be doing justice to the people of the Northern Cape, who have entrusted me with a very important oversight role.
Hon Speaker what a year it has been for South Africa. 2012 has shown us the good, the bad, the ugly, and indeed the very ugly. 2012 has been a year of great prosperity for some, and a year of great misery for many of our fellow South Africans. Indeed 2012 has produced quite the mixed bag of results and outcomes.
The Democratic Alliance is questioning the reasons behind the liquidation of the paprika extraction factory in Namaqualand and wants to know what is to become of the income generated from the auction of the factory and its equipment.